Fanless Heatsink

Does anyone have opinions (personal experience preferred) with using a fanless heatsink? I know it would cut the noise which is what I am looking for, but how does the cooling compare? Thanks.
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  1. Just so you know even with a fanless cooler you would still need good case ventilation or its just not gonna cool. Your best bet is to get a big cooler with 120mm fan which are fairly quiet and just keep it at low RPMs.
  2. Thanks. I'll look at those. I think I might like to go with one that has a fan, so does anyone know of a good heatsink with a fan that cools well and automatically adjusts its RPM by the CPU temperature? Edit: Sorry, I didn't notice the one you suggested had a fan included. I also noticed that it had a fan controller. I have a heatsink now with a fan and fan controller, but it is still pretty noisy and I would like one that adjusts manually based on CPU temps. Thanks.
  3. Here you have a very good website about this matter:

    http://www.silentpcreview.com/2010_CPU_Heatsink_Test_Platform

    Here you can find useful information.
  4. ammhardware said:
    Thanks. I'll look at those. I think I might like to go with one that has a fan, so does anyone know of a good heatsink with a fan that cools well and automatically adjusts its RPM by the CPU temperature?


    http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=432&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=23
    http://benchmarkreviews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=492&Itemid=62&limit=1&limitstart=4

    With a single fan you'll need:

    $65 Prolimatech Megahalems http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8807/cpu-pro-01/Prolimatech_Megahalems_Rev_B_Intel_CPU_Heatsink_LGA_775_1156_1366_AM2_AM2_AM3_Hot_Item.html

    $7 IC Diamond 7 Carat TIM http://www.frozencpu.com/products/7038/thr-41/Innovation_Cooling_Diamond_7_Carat_Thermal_Compound_-_15_Grams.html?id=BZWnrfIC

    $11 PWM Fan http://www.frozencpu.com/products/10026/fan-639/Scythe_Slip_Stream_120mm_x_25mm_PWM_Fan_-_SY1225SL12LM-P.html?tl=g36c365s936

    If you wanna do serious OC's and use twin fans, grab a 2nd fan from above and the Y splitter cable below

    $ 7 http://www.frozencpu.com/products/8418/cab-150/FrozenCPU_PMW_Y_Splitter_Cable.html

    If budget doesn't allow, this is a $34 solution

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185142&Tpk=Scythe%202100

    My son is using the Mega and his every OC profile (3.7 Ghz) on his 920 has core temps in the low 50's .... at 4.0 - 4.2 Ghz he's in low 70's (both under 100% load)
  5. My favorite for quiet heatsink are the two models from arctic cooling.

    The Alpine 64 (AMD) or the Alpine 11 (intel) are the same heatsink, but each is equipped with stock mounts so you don't have to change the back plate like you do on most aftermarket units. This is especially useful if your replacing a heatsink on an already installed board. They cool a little better than stock and are a lot quieter. And they are cheap. They can be had for under $20 out the door. They also come with a 6 year warranty.

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-ALP11P&title=ARCTIC-COOLING-Alpine-11-Pro-CPU-Fan-For-Intel-CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186035&cm_re=arctic_cooling-_-35-186-035-_-Product


    If you want something a thats cooler, but still quiet they have the Freezer 64/7. These guys are come in under $40 out the door. Again stock bracket, they are cool and very quiet. And a 6 year warranty.

    http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name=FAN-7PROV2&title=ARCTIC-COOLING-Freezer-7-Pro-Rev-2-92mm-CPU-Fan-For-Intel-AMD-CPU

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185125&cm_re=arctic_cooling-_-35-185-125-_-Product
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